U.S. Junior Trophy Team Third Overall at ISDE
International Six Days Enduro - Saxony, Germany
The 87th running of the International Six Days Enduro in Saxony, Germany, concluded with the traditional motocross test, except this year it was more of a Supermoto, since 40% of the track was asphalt.
Mike Brown flew the flag for the Americans by handily winning the E1 finale, beating Frenchman Rodrig Thain by over 10 seconds.
In the E2 race, Thad DuVall was the highest placing American in seventh, while Charlie Mullins’ time put him into eighth, although he won the heat that he was seeded with. Kawasaki riders Destry Abbott and Taylor Robert were 12th and 13th respectively in today’s E2 division, with Andrew DeLong in 25th and Kurt Caselli 27th after suffering a first-lap crash.
In the E3 race, Russell Bobbitt and Jesse Groemm both suffered bad starts, with left them at the back of the pack heading into lap one. Bobbitt managed to work his way up to 19th by the end of the race, while Groemm finished 26th. With both Rachel Gutish and Sarah Whitmore out of the race, Mandi Mastin was the lone U.S. Women’s Team member to race today, and she finished 13th in the Women’s heat.
At the end of the day, France dominated the week long event, claiming the World Trophy, Junior Trophy and Women’s Trophy team awards, as well as placing riders in the top four individual overall standings. The U.S. Junior Trophy Team was tops among the American contingent, finishing third in their division behind France and Great Britain, while team member Thad DuVall finished an impressive eighth overall in the extremely competitive E2 class.
The American World Trophy team suffered problems form the get-go, with Kurt Caselli and Russell Bobbitt suffering injuries on Day One. Meanwhile, Charlie Mullins was added to that list when he separated his shoulder on Day Three while running in “Top American” status. The Yanks started finding their groove on Day Five, when Mike Brown won the opening test of the day. Meanwhile, Mullins edged out Caselli by a few seconds to win the third test of the day.
Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert ended the week as top American, finishing a respectable seventh in the E2 division.
In the end, the U.S. World Trophy Team finished the event in sixth place, while the U.S Junior Trophy Team was third. Mandi Mastin was the only member of the U.S. Women’s Trophy Team to go the distance, after Rachel Gutish houred out and Sarah Whitmore dropped out due to injury. Mastin finished the event 10th overall in the Women’s division.
Next year’s Six Days will be held in Sardinia, in the Mediterranean, on September 30th through October 5th.
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